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Watson's Apology
     

Watson's Apology

by Beryl Bainbridge
 

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After nearly thirty years of marriage, a Victorian clergyman, John Selby Watson, bludgeons his wife to death one Sunday afternoon after church. In this compelling tale by award-winning novelist Beryl Bainbridge, the seemingly ordinary history of their marriage unfolds until it climaxes in a sudden brutal act and a headline-grabbing trial. As true to the documented

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After nearly thirty years of marriage, a Victorian clergyman, John Selby Watson, bludgeons his wife to death one Sunday afternoon after church. In this compelling tale by award-winning novelist Beryl Bainbridge, the seemingly ordinary history of their marriage unfolds until it climaxes in a sudden brutal act and a headline-grabbing trial. As true to the documented facts of this actual case as to the workings of her singular imagination, Bainbridge artfully reveals what history withholds: the motives, feelings, and insanity that drive the Watsons to their domestic tragedy.

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Marilyn Stasio
As we have come to expect of this dazzling miniaturistMiss Bainbridge is at her most penetrating when she dwells on the very minutiae that oppress Watson — a trip to the dentistthe family dog scratching at the doora small matter of horseflies. They all add up to a character study of terrible sad beauty. One wishes only that she had listened more acutely to Anne Watson's complaint: 'I have become invisible.' For all her compassion for poor Watson's unarticulated miseriesshe's a bit miserly with her sympathy for Annewho had to howl like a vixen to make herself heard.
The New York Times

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786709359
Publisher:
Da Capo Press
Publication date:
07/28/2001
Series:
Bainbridge, Beryl
Edition description:
1 CARROLL
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.53(w) x 8.19(h) x 0.65(d)

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Roger Lewis
Watson's Apology discloses Beryl Bainbridge giving more life to characters in her book of documentary-fiction than they doubtless had when actually alive. A recreation of a clergyman's murder, this is wax-museum stuff. The author has a zippy, gothic imagination.

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